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2018 Fe Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Fe Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Season

February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating a plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences at night. The relatively mild summer was virtually uninterrupted by heat spikes and was followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat. The growing conditions were ideal and we allowed our fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Harvest Dates--9/18/2018-10/16/2018

Composition

91% Cabernet Sauvignon 5.2% Petit Verdot 3.6% Malbec 0.2% Cabernet Franc

Aged 19 months in 60% new, 40% once-used French Oak from Taransaud, Bossuet and Sylvain

435 cases bottled on 6/15/2020

Tasting Notes

"Tobacco, leather, plum, blackberry, black truffle, porcini, nutmeg, blueberry, cherry, creamy espresso. Very rich attack turns to chocolate, coffee, plum, cherry on the mid palate. Plump and plush, rich and smooth. Finishes with great length and tannins like velvet, plum, cherry, dark chocolate. Extremely light grain tannin."--Aaron Pott, Winemaker, 7/16/2020

Accolades

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate--98 points

"Located on Spring Mountain, the Fe Estate vineyard is six-plus acres with a high iron content in the soil, planted to eight-year-old vines. Consisting of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and gallops out of the glass with energetic blackcurrant cordial, black raspberries and ripe plums scents plus suggestions of cumin seed, fragrant earth, mossy tree bark and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, firm and taut on the palate, with fine-grained tannins and lovely layers, this is also really minerally and has a long finish"--Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2021

Vinous--96+points

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a six-acre vineyard on Spring Mountain just outside of St. Helena planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Rich, powerful and structured, with tremendous nuance, the 2018 hits all the right notes. A whole range of feral, savory and floral notes add striking aromatic nuance, with beams of mountain tannin that give the wine energy. Fe is one of the most exciting debuts of the last few years. What a knock-out!"--Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021

Jeb Dunnuck--97+points

"The flagship is the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Fe, and it's 100% Spring Mountain Cabernet. As with the Red Wine Blend, it has a notable freshness in its aromatics and offers impressive blue fruits, cedar, forest floor, bouquet garni, and spring flower-like aromas and flavors. These carry to a concentrated, full-bodied mountain Cabernet that has terrific mid-palate depth, building tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It's structured and tannic, and needs 4-5 years of bottle age, but this beauty is going to age like a great Bordeaux and keep for 30 years or more."--Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021

$525 3 pack
2018 Fe Cabernet Sauvignon